"Whatever you learn in school will be mostly useless in the workplace, and what you learn in the workplace will likely be useless within 5 years" Well, my friend, you aim too low. Math is never useless or obsolete, nor are algorithms, data structures etc. Technology is irrelevant and is learned "by the way" if you get all of the above. Feel kind of sorry for the job you might have..
I went for CS degree when I was 33 years old. My salary didn't go up (our local laws of small market), but I've met new challenges, changed my profile a bit, got to know interesting people etc. I could easily be at the top of my class (I guess experience with fields) and I got straight A's (actually we have different scoring system in Europe). Backed of course with 15 years of experience working in the field. Starting with CS at 30 is a completely different game, though.
Uhh, I must correct myself - the 20/20 acuity means that we see pixels separated by 1 second of arc (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_acuity so the 6000 pixels in 100 degrees is correct!
Maggie McKee writes "Kamchatkans and Venezuelans beware. A 20-million-tonne asteroid could be heading your way. Californians have even more reason to worry — the asteroid is more likely to hit the Pacific Ocean, triggering a tsunami that could devastate the west coast of North America. These are among the scenarios projected for asteroid Apophis, which researchers now say has a 1 in 45,000 chance of hitting Earth on 13 April 2036. Calculations show it would strike somewhere along a narrow track that stretches eastward from Siberia to the west coast of Africa. The threat, while small, is real enough to merit a United Nations protocol for dealing with the problem, experts say."
Ace905 writes "The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced Thursday that they had discovered a very promising 'weak spot' in the HIV virus. The HIV virus, a progenitor to full blown AIDS has eluded all attempts at a vaccine since it was discovered sometime in the 1970's. The major problem with developing a vaccine initially was isolating the virus. Conventional viruses are often defeated with existing drugs, or after being tested against new compounds. HIV has been unique, and staggering in it's ability to resist all attempts at treatment by mutating its own genetic code. HIV is able to resist, with great effectiveness, any drug or combination drug-therapy that is used against it."